The Reverand

Gayle McCarty

Interim Rector


On August 15, 2021, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Southaven and Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Olive Branch welcomed The Reverend Gayle McCarty as Interim Rector and Interim Vicar. Gayle+ was ordained to the priesthood in 2010 and is canonically resident in The Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and her Juris Doctor degree from Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. Gayle+ served as an Assistant District Attorney General for twelve years prior to her ordination to the priesthood


Gayle+ received her Master of Divinity degree from the Seminary of the Southwest (formerly known as The Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest), Austin, Texas.  Following her seminary training, she returned to Memphis and joined the staff of Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church as Curate and later as Associate Rector. In 2015, Gayle+ was called as Priest-in Charge at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Jackson, Tn and then served as Rector from 2017 to 2019. 


She presently serves on the Court of Review of The Episcopal Church, appointed August, 2019, and is a Nominee for election to Court of Review at the upcoming General Convention. Additionally, Gayle+ currently serves on the Disciplinary Board in her home diocese.         


A resident of Germantown, Tn.,Gayle+ is single and shares her home with six rescue pets (3 dogs and 3 cats). Her passions include rescue work, reading, spending time with friends and being outdoors in nature. 

The Reverend Deacon Sandy Kimmelman was ordained 6 years ago and assigned to St. Timothy’s and Holy Cross. Having been a parishioner before ordination since 2005, she has seen these two congregations change as times changed. She knows and loves the differences among the people and finds opportunity to learn with each and all of them.

Rev. Deacon

Sandy Kimmelman


Vestry 2022

Your Vestry stands as the body that represents you.  Please feel free to contact any of them for information or needs.  They are elected by you and are open to suggestions, criticisms, and praise.


Senior Warden - Michael Ligon (2024)

Junior Warden - Joyce Helmick (2024)


Randall Freeny (2022)

Kelly Romito (2022)

Penny Talley (2022)

Alison Barnum (2024)

Fred Hallman (2023)

Michael Johnson (2024)

Karen Stone (2023)

John Barnum - Treasurer

Neal Springer- Clerk

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